To stimulate economic development and job creation, state and local governments should target incentives to specific “employment centers” that have the greatest growth potential and regional accessibility, recommends a pair of studies by the University of Maryland National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG).
The third annual Code for Community Competition to create a mobile or web based app to meet a community need begins in Spring 2015. In Fall 2014, a 1 credit Community App Development Course (CPSP 249T Section 0201) to help develop programming skills is being offered. Course registration is not required to compete in the Spring. Further information about the Competition and the Course can be found at www.ter.ps/5zg.
This summer, Urban Studies and Planning graduate student Chelsie Miller led seven high school students from around the region on a six-week internship to help the City of College Park create safer streets using Geographic Information Systems technology. Named “Building Communities through Technology,” the internship provided students an unparalleled experience combining skill acquisition and community service.
A recently-released report for Planetizen ranks the University of Maryland’s Urban Studies and Planning Program (URSP) in the top 10 of all U.S. graduate planning programs, in terms of cited faculty publications per capita.
The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) has tapped Assistant Research Professor Dr. Scott Dempwolf to develop an innovation network model that will be at the heart of the Illinois Science & Technology Roadmap, the first data-driven study of Illinois’ innovation ecosystem. The goal of the Roadmap is to create a shared understanding of Illinois’ position and potential in science and technology, and to leverage the state’s science and technology assets to accelerate innovation driven economic growth.
The University of Maryland’s Office of International Affairs has awarded Uri Avin, Research Professor and Director of the Planning and Design Center at the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) a Global Partnerships-Faculty Travel Grant. He received the grant for his dual project “Implementing Statewide Planning Reforms – Opportunities for Collaboration between Maryland and Israel,” with Haifa University, and “Statewide Sustainability Planning,” with Tel Aviv University.
The University of Maryland’s Office of International Affairs has awarded Dr. Marie Howland a $12,000 Global Classroom Initiative Grant to develop a new cross-continental blended learning course in economics and urban planning. The course, developed with Russian colleague Professor Leonid Limonov of St.
Over 260 community stakeholders met at the University of Maryland last month to forge a roadmap for creating vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods along the Purple Line, MTA’s proposed light rail system that will connect Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
Minnesota Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, the driving force behind the successful Twin Cities light rail system, will headline an impressive roster of speakers for the Purple Line Corridor Coalition’s (PLCC) upcoming workshop, “Beyond the Tracks: Community Development in the Purple Line Corridor.”
Dr. Wachs will examine the crisis of transportation finance in relation to planning and policy. He will review the current debate as to the role of taxes and tolls as a means to meet the challenges facing our current and future transportation network and infrastructure. The Seminar will provide an additional opportunity to discuss with Dr. Wachs the issues raised during his lecture.